Attractions

Top Choice Archaeological Site in Rousay

Midhowe Cairn & Broch

Six miles from the ferry on Rousay, mighty Midhowe Cairn has been dubbed the 'Great Ship of Death'. Built around 3500 BC and enormous, it's divided into compartments, in which the remains of 25 people were found. Co…
Island in Rousay

Egilsay

Egilsay is the larger of the two islands off Rousay, and is accessed from the same ferry. The RSPB have a base here; listen for the corncrakes at the southern end of the island. A 20th-century cenotaph marks where E…
Island in Rousay

Wyre

Wyre is just off Rousay, and accessed from the same ferry. It was the domain of the Viking Baron Kolbein Hruga (known as ‘Cubbie Roo’). The substantial ruins of his castle, built around 1145, stand dramatically abov…
Archaeological Site in Rousay

Prehistoric Sites

Rousay's major archaeological sites are clearly labelled from the road ringing the island. Heading west from the ferry, you soon come to Taversoe Tuick, an intriguing burial cairn constructed on two levels, with sep…
Gardens in Rousay

Trumland House

This is one of Orkney's largest private houses, undergoing some much-needed repair at the time of research. The grounds, with their thicket of native trees, are worth a stroll – you enter the attractive walled garde…